Emergency Response Plan

Tuesday, May 12

Social Distancing When Boating

Tuesday, April 7

Spring Launch Information 2020

Monday, March 16

JL Boatworks Spring Letter 2020

Thursday, March 5

Boat Doctor Spring Letter 2020

Thursday, March 5

Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

Wednesday, March 4

Sunnyside Marina Shrink Wrap Recycling Program 


The best way for our boaters to help with this recycling process is to allow the company that shrink wrapped your boat to unwrap the boat for you. There is no charge for this service. Please feel free to call them to schedule your boat to be unwrapped. If they do not hear from you they will unwrap your boat according to our week by week launch schedule. They will have your boat unwrapped sometime during the week prior to your launch week.


If you do unwrap your own boat (not recommended), place the shrink wrap under your boat and your shrink wrap provider will move it to the recycling trailer. Please remember that all strapping, tape, doors and support structure must be removed from the shrink wrap before it can be placed in the trailer. If any of these items are present the recyclers will not accept our shipment for recycling. Instead of being recycled, the entire load ends up in a landfill.


Please do not place shrink wrap in our dumpsters


The Boat Doctor (Dominic) 612-309-8702 

JL Boatworks (Jason) 651-260-2788

Buying a Slip at Sunnyside Marina

Thursday, January 30

Thank you for your interest in purchasing a slip at Sunnyside Marina! Sunnyside is a full service, private, Marina on the St Croix River. We are just south of downtown Stillwater, Minnesota and just north of the beautiful St Croix River Crossing Bridge. We benefit from amazing views, and easy access to the shops and restaurants of downtown Stillwater. We are also situated on the 5 mile loop bike path that connects to the Browns Creek and the Gateway Bike Trails.

We are an association of Slip Owners and are governed by a Board of Directors, made up of Slip Owners. The Board of Directors' duties are outlined in the By-Laws of the Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc. The Board of Directors delegates management of the operations of the Marina to the General Manager, Rick Chapman, and his team.

Our mission is to be the premier marina on the St Croix River ensuring maximum enjoyment, safety and beauty for our members.

What you are buying:

When you purchase a slip at Sunnyside, you aren't actually purchasing a hole in the water. You are purchasing a percentage ownership in The Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc. This includes, the land, buildings, docks, equipment, gas dock operation, service department operation, etc. You are, in turn, leased back your exact slip. Each slip owner is issued a Certificate of Ownership and a Proprietary License and Lease Agreement.

How the Marina Operates Financially:

The goal of the operation of Sunnyside Marina is to maintain a net zero budget. We work to provide the most services to our boaters and keep our Owner Assessments as low as possible. We generate revenue from slip rental, our service department, our gas dock, and our launch and haul out services. All of that revenue goes to offset the expense of operating the marina. Then, the Slip Owners are charged "Assessments" for the remaining costs. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the Slip Owner Assessment levels each year.

Part of the Slip Owner Assessments are also set aside for future Capital Improvement projects. These funds can only be used with membership approval. Approval is given through a ballot process. A majority of those slip owners voting is needed for the project to be approved.

Our current Capital Improvement Funds are $550,000. This money has been earmarked for future maintenance projects. Dock re-decking is the next project on the horizon.

Slip Owner Assessments:

Assessments are calculated in two ways. Some expenses are divided per-capita. These are expenses that everyone shares equally, like garbage removal and security. Other expenses are divided Pro-rata and are determined by square footage of the slip. These are expenses like general liability insurance and property taxes. Please contact the Marina office to find the exact Assessment for the slip that interests you. Assessments are billed quarterly and due at the end of January, April, July, and October. All future assessments from the day of closing will be the responsibility of the buyer.

Special Assessments:

From time to time, the Board of Directors may recommend a "Special Assessment" to complete a specific project. There was a "Special Assessment" in 2004 to re-build the entire marina with all new floating docks. Most recently, a "Special Assessment" was approved by the membership for a landscaping project and repaving of our parking lot. In all cases, a ballot must be approved by a majority of those slip owners returning a ballot.

Closing Costs:

As the buyer, you are responsible for two additional expenses at closing. The first expense is $2,000 and is called the "Initiation Fee". This money goes directly in to the Capital Improvement Account. The second expense is $250 and is called a "Transfer Fee". This money goes directly in to our general operating account and simply covers our time and supplies for the closing.

How to Buy a Slip:

Simply contact the seller and make them an offer. If your offer is accepted, agree on a closing date and schedule it with the Marina office. All closings must be completed in the marina office and we are the keeper of all the records for the slip. These transactions are completely private and there is no reporting of any kind outside of the marina office. All records are stored in a fireproof cabinet in our office.

Thank you for your interest!

Please call the marina office for any further information. We will be happy to walk through all aspects of Slip Ownership and connect prospective buyers with Owners. We can be reached at www.sunnysidemarina.com, or 651-439-2118.

Dock Re-Decking Project

Thursday, June 13

Insurance Requirements

Monday, February 18

The Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc. requires that all boats in our marina, or stored in our parking lot, have specific liability insurance coverage. We require each boat owner to carry $500,000 in boat liability insurance and we require that each certificate of liability insurance list Sunnyside Marina as an additional insured. These requirements were adopted as policy by our Board of Directors to protect all of the boats in our marina, and on our property, while also protecting the interests of the Slip Owners of the Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc., the owners of the Corporation.

Melinda is the person in charge of enforcing this policy. She spends one day each week throughout the year managing this process. It has been suggested that we simply explain to boaters that we will not launch their boats in the spring if these requirements are not met.

In general, this is exactly what we do. However, just because a boat has met these requirements on the day of spring launch does not mean the boat is covered the following day, week or month. All policies expire on different dates throughout the year. Melinda is responsible to make sure we have current certificates of liability on file at all times.

Some insurance companies are reluctant to meet our requirement to list the Sunnyside Marina as an additional insured. They will offer what they think are reasonable alternatives like, an additional interest or an additional certificate holder. These addenda do not meet our requirement and therefore cannot be accepted.

If you find yourself in this situation with your insurance company, please consider Norman-Spencer Insurance. Norman-Spencer specializes in Marine Industry Insurance. They understand our policy and will ensure that your certificate of liability insurance meets our requirements. They also offer a unique set of additional coverage for our boaters because the Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc. is a member in good standing of the Marine Retail Association of the Americas. If you are interested in a quote from Norman-Spencer you can find an application under our "News" section on our web site or feel free to call at 800-252-9597.

Support Your Ship's Store

Monday, February 18

Did you know that Jon and Tim Hanna can meet or beat pretty much any price from any of our competitors on items we stock or order for our Ship's Store?

Before you purchase any item related to your boat, check with Jon and Tim and save some money.

It is really important to the overall operation that our boaters spend their boating dollars in their own marina. Thank you for your support.

Sunnyside Continues to Upgrade High Speed Wireless Internet

Monday, February 18

2019 will mark our eleventh year offering "Free" High Speed Wireless Internet to our boaters. Each year we do our best to make the service better than the previous year. Last year we added several "New" and more "Powerful" antennas to the south end of the marina. The North Dock has always been the most stable system because we can directly wire each antenna to the modem. We currently have a total of seven Comcast modems connected to eleven separate antennas. We use the fastest internet Comcast has to offer. 

Please remember that if you plan to work from your boat, you may want to consider getting your own modem. Our "Free" internet is really designed for e-mail, Facebook and streaming Netflix and Hulu.

Minnesota Clean Marina Certificate

Monday, February 18

Sunnyside Marina has met the qualifications necessary to be certified as a Clean Marina under the guidelines establised by the Minnesota Clean Marina Program. Click here to view the certificate.

Renter Retention Program

Monday, February 18

Each year we offer our renters the opportunity to save money on the rental of their slip for the following season. We offer a $5 per foot discount if the full slip rental is paid before the Minneapolis Boat Show in January. Give Rick Chapman a call if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer.

Plastic Gasoline Container Warning

Saturday, July 28

Please take a moment to read this important warning. This was sent to me by one of our slip owners, Jake Collins.

Last week in the news, a video was shown where a boat exploded somewhere in the Caribbean. One woman was killed and another lost her legs. As a safety professional for my career, I wanted to take a moment to share some information. I know everyone is bombarded with various scary stories in the news cycle and I don't want to be part of that. But there is a widespread engineering failure that can lead to the type of explosion that happened last week. Often when people are injured, an analysis of the factors will reveal multiple conditions which combined into what is then called a "freak accident". For a Sunnyside boater, the factors would go something like this:

  • The boat operator has an additional gasoline-powered engine to use, not fueled by the boats main fuel tank. A portable generator, outboard motor, etc.
  • To fuel this engine the boat operator has a plastic general purpose fuel portable container, or, even a plastic fuel tank designed for the outboard.
  • The container was filled at a filling station.
  • The container was placed on board and has been there for over a week, out of sight.
  • Any ignition source, chafed wiring, cigarette ash, electrical switch, static electrical discharge, in the storage space will equal an explosion.

Engineering failure:

When ethanol was introduced to the automotive fuel supply, the portable plastic fuel containers sold everywhere were not redesigned to slowly vent pressure. As ethanol breaks down, which it does immediately upon exposure to air, it produces extra fumes. In a steel fuel container, the UL type 1 or type 2 container has hard sides and is designed to slowly vent fumes. The inexpensive plastic portable gasoline containers lack such a design. They "puff up" until a pressure level is reached whereby they "pop" and release a rich quantity of gasoline vapor all at once. If this event is unlucky enough to find an ignition source, the result is a disaster.

What can be done by boaters?

  • Don't store any fuel on board in enclosed spaces.
  • At home or on your boat, avoid general-purpose plastic gasoline containers.
  • For any small engine at home or on your boat, don't buy fuel with ethanol.
  • Tell any tobacco products users, "Sorry, not on my boat".
  • If you have stored any fuel in an enclosed space, do a sniff test to check for a problem.

I hope this information is helpful to anyone unaware of the danger posed by these plastic gasoline containers when used in conjunction with ethanol.

Jake Collins, ALCM, CPPS, CSP, CSRM

Keeping our River Clean

Friday, July 27

Fast Facts about the River

Sure you want a clean river because it's more fun to swim and boat in, but what are the economic benefits of having a clean river? Well, those are interrelated subjects. If we maintain a beautiful river, people want to come to see it. It is, after all, one of the most diverse and clean rivers in the United States. The more people out visiting the St. Croix, the better local businesses do, which subsequently means more money in the community. And this all results in our river towns being better places to live. Another major reason for why keeping our river clean is so important is the cost of replacing pipelines. Zebra Mussels are a huge concern for public works departments who have access points to the river. If these pipes are clogged by massive amounts of zebra mussels, the cost to replace them would be enormous.

Ways to Protect the River

Always throw out your trash, and volunteer to clean up others' trash along the river. Keeping our river and its shoreline clean allows people to enjoy the river and communities to prosper. The St. Croix River Association is dedicated to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species as we protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

Learn more about the St. Croix River Association programs and ways you can get involved.

Reporting Invasive Species

Thursday, June 28

Fast Facts about the River

Have you ever seen that plant before? That seems like a new fish. Why are there so many snail shells on the shore now? If you find yourself asking these kinds of questions and making these types of statements, it's time to think about reporting invasive species. Invasive species reporting is a very important component to conserving the River. The sooner new infestations are found, the less management work will have to be completed in the future which means saving money. If something doesn't seem quite right, report it to a local agency or check out the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app to report directly from your phone!

Ways to Protect the River

Keep an eye out for any invasive species and stay up to date with possible threats to your area. If possible, take a picture or a sample of the species to allow for positive identification of the species. The St. Croix River Association is dedicated to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species as we protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

Learn more about the St. Croix River Association programs and ways you can get involved.

St. Croix River is a National Park

Monday, April 30

Fast Facts about the River

Many people who spend time on the St. Croix are unaware that it's actually a National Park. The Upper St. Croix became a national park in 1968 after President Lyndon B. Johnson approved the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSR), created so that many of the United States' beautiful and culturally rich rivers could be "preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations." In 1972 the 27 miles below Taylors Falls, MN was added to the park, and the 25 miles after that became a state-administered river in 1976.

Ways to Protect the River

Supporting groups such as the National Park Service or environmental non-profit organizations lead to better care of areas such as the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. The St. Croix River Association is dedicated to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species as we protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

Learn more about St. Croix River Association programs and ways you can get involved.

Water Quality of the St. Croix River

Thursday, March 29

Fast Facts about the River

The St. Croix River is one of the cleanest rivers in the Midwest. However, water quality is a growing concern. Much of the land use in the upper St. Croix's watershed is agriculture, which can lead to phosphorous-filled runoff that increases unhealthy algal blooms. Another major concern for water quality is the increase in recreational use of the Lower St. Croix due to its proximity to the Twin Cities.

Ways to Protect the River

If you like to boat, make sure to protect the river in other ways. Always take your trash with you, recycle your recyclable materials, only use local firewood and remind your friends to be similarly conscientious. The St. Croix River Association is dedicated to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species as we protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

Learn more about the St. Croix River Association programs and ways you can get involved.

Courtesy of the St. Croix River Association

Tuesday, February 27

Fast Facts about the River

You may have noticed that you can't take your boat any further north than the Stillwater High Bridge. This is due to invasive zebra mussels, which are extremely harmful to the St. Croix's 40 species of native mussels. In an effort to contain zebra mussels, the National Park Service decided to restrict travel any further north of the bridge. The restriction has been extremely effective at limiting the spread of zebra mussels. 

Ways to Protect the River

Always clean, drain, and dry your boat and other recreational equipment if you move between waterbodies. Zebra mussel veligers - the larval life stage of zebra mussels - are microscopic and a single cup of water can transport hundreds of them.

The St. Croix River Association is dedicated to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species as we protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

Celebrating the First 50 Years!  

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. From this Act, the St. Croix and the Namekagon rivers became the country's first wild and scenic river national park-the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. In partnership with the National Park Service and others, the St. Croix River Association will be leading a year of events to raise awareness of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and provide recreational opportunities for all. To learn more, visit: stcroixriverassociation.org.   

Marina Enhancement Town Hall Meetings

Monday, October 23

Sophia's Law Fact Sheet

Monday, March 27

Membership Roster Form

Wednesday, March 1

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